That’s a Hyundai? Really? Wow.
With apologies to the folks who work for the Korean car company, I expect that’s a standard response from people getting their first close-up look at the Sonata these days. It’s not the econobox of years past. Sporty and almost plush, Hyundai’s stylish multi-year re-design of the Sonata makes the 2013 Limited worth your consideration if you’re seeking a budget-friendly car that doesn’t feel like one. Or look like one.
There are three main Sonata models, the GLS, SE and the Limited, a comfortable mid-sized vehicle which is what we’re looking at here. There’s also a hybrid available. The Limited has all the standard features you find in the GLS and SE, which is a surprisingly long list of what we used to think of as luxury options. Prices start at $21,000 for the basic GLS. The Limited can be yours for $25,000, although the model we’re talking about here was loaded with additional options which boosted the price up to a bit under $30,000. Even that’s fairly modest for a car which is great-looking, feels stable, and rolls with an air of understated grace. You might even be forgiven for thinking it’s a Lexus or some other denizen of that rarefied class at your first, and even second, glance. And while it may not drive exactly like a Lexus, it still provides a lot of comfort, confident handling, and just enough power that you won’t feel inadequate on the Beltway.